Laura knew she wanted to work with Planned Parenthood ever since she can remember and is fiercely proud to be a member of the PPAO team. She began her political career in state electoral politics and went on to serve as Legislative Director for the House Majority Office. After lobbying on behalf of Portland State University, Laura served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici’s successful special election in January 2012. She attended Portland State University, where she studied Public Administration and Political Science. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling.
A native to the Pacific Northwest, Alicia grew up in Portland and studied Sociology and Women’s Studies at Seattle Pacific University. After graduating, Alicia moved to Vietnam to serve as the Communications Officer for a nonprofit organization focused on improving rural school attendance and disaster mitigation. Upon returning, she campaigned for a local school bond before joining as the PPAO team as a Field Organizer in 2011. Alicia is especially proud of her role in defeating a “personhood” amendment in Mississippi, helping to close a 31-point gap in just 10 days. She is also serving as a Global Youth Ambassador to further connect her interests in global health and community advocacy. After hours, she can be found out and about in Portland, enjoying the company of good friends.
Jimmy comes to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon after 20-plus years in the media, dating back to his high school newspaper in Salem and his college newspaper at Pepperdine University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He has written and edited for Salem’s Statesman Journal, The Portland Mercury, Portland Family, The Skanner and Just Out, and his work has earned a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In his spare time, he’s a pop-culture junkie and part-time performance artist.
Nichi first joined Planned Parenthood as a volunteer in 2003. After graduating from University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, she worked as a Clinic Assistant for Planned Parenthood in Springfield. Nichi loved Planned Parenthood so much, she came back as a Field Organizer in 2010 and is now happily continuing her career as Field Director. Nichi is living the dream by working in a job that fulfills her passion for progressive politics. In her spare time, Nichi loves to hang out with her delightful family, cook delicious vegetarian meals and pretend she’s an outdoor enthusiast.
Kerry Edinger, Field Organizer
kerry.edinger (at) PPAOregon.org
A former PPAO legislative intern, Kerry was thrilled to join the team
a few weeks before graduating from University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in geography. While on campus, she dedicated her time to advocating for student rights with organizations like Associated Students of the University of Oregon, LGBTQ Alliance and Oregon Student Association. After years of work on anti-violence issues on campus, Kerry founded the UO Survivor Empowerment Alliance and was later appointed to join the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. Her experience in grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy brings a distinct and passionate energy to the women’s health movement. When Kerry isn’t busy writing on flipcharts or organizing phone banks, you might find her running on the Eugene river paths, reading or watching The West Wing.